Semiclassical behaviour of expectation values in time evolved Lagrangian states for large times

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Abstract

We study the behaviour of time evolved quantum mechanical expectation values in Lagrangian states in the limit (h) over bar --> 0 and t --> infinity. We show that it depends strongly on the dynamical properties of the corresponding classical system. If the classical system is strongly chaotic, i.e. Anosov, then the expectation values tend to a universal limit. This can be viewed as an analogue of mixing in the classical system. If the classical system is integrable, then the expectation values need not converge, and if they converge their limit depends on the initial state. An additional difference occurs in the timescales for which we can prove this behaviour; in the chaotic case we get up to Ehrenfest time, t similar to ln(1/(h) over bar), whereas for integrable system we have a much larger time range.
Translated title of the contributionSemiclassical behaviour of expectation values in time evolved Lagrangian states for large times
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239 - 254
Number of pages16
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Volume256 (1)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

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Publisher: Springer
Other identifier: IDS Number: 914KR

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